Johnny Oates II — the grandson of Johnny Oates, who managed the Orioles from 1991 to 1994 — underwent life-saving open-heart surgery a week before Christmas. he visited Buck Showalter, Brian Roberts and the rest of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Every Monday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will rank the most significant athletes and events in Baltimore sports that week based on accomplishments on and off the field. Because, well, why not?
The Orioles hit a spring-high four homers off Pittsburgh Pirates pitching Friday afternoon in a 6-5 win at Ed Smith Stadium. It was the Orioles' sixth victory in seven Grapefruit League games this spring.
Baseball Tonight's spring training bus tour rolled into Sarasota on Wednesday to check in with the Orioles. Seems like the best jumping off point for our weekly look at what the national media outlets are saying about the O's.
It isn't even March 1 yet, so the Orioles are a long way away from choosing which 25 players will start out on the Opening Day roster, let alone which hitter will bat first in the order when the season opens in Tampa Bay. But one of the interesting subplots of spring training will be discovering which player will lead off. Brian Roberts appears to be the frontrunner, but Nick Markakis and two others could be in the mix.
SOrioles second baseman Brian Roberts hit a par of doubles and scored two runs, while left fielder Nate McLouth added a two-out, pinch-hit double in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- If Brian Roberts has an extra bounce in his step, it¿s for good reason. He¿s back feeling good and ready to compete for the starting second base job, but there¿s something going on in his life that's even more important than playing baseball. Brian and his wife Diana are expecting their first child.
Under the bright Florida sun on Tuesday afternoon, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold took his first swings against a pitcher since last April. Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada tested his surgically repaired left-elbow with a long-toss session that is part of a tedious throwing progression to strengthen his arm.
Dylan Bundy, who made his big league debut in September, said he¿s heard speculation that he is targeted for the minors, but he is heading into spring training with the mentality that he has a chance to earn a job with the Orioles.
Earl Weaver, the franchise's Hall of Fame manager, died Friday while on a baseball-themed cruise in Caribbean. On Saturday, the club held its annual FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center with a record attendance and heavy hearts.
On Friday, we reported that right hander Miguel Gonzalez had been invited to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez said he wanted to get the organization¿s approval before saying yes, and he will be at this week¿s mini-camp. So expect some discussion to go on about his spring.
On Thursday, the Orioles officially completed the Winter Meetings by drafting left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft. That pick comes after Orioles had great success last season in the Rule 5, getting a promising roster piece in infielder Ryan Flaherty.